Bulls of Bashan and the Cross

BULLS OF BASHAN AND THE CROSS

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Psalms 22:7-8

“All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.”

Psalms 22:12-13

“Many bulls have compassed me: strong bulls of Bashan have beset me round. They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.”

Luke 23:35-36

“And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,

And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.”

I woke up early the other morning with the phrase “bulls of Bashan” in my head. Not sure why but I did already knew that it was referring to Psalms 22. I read some commentaries about it a few days ago and nothing jumped out at me. It was all info I already knew. Then, I’m reading Luke 23 about the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. I came across verse 35 where it says the rulers ‘derided’ him. The word ‘derided’ is ‘ekmukterizo’. Below you can see where this Greek word comes from.

G1592

Original: ἐκμυκτερίζω

Transliteration: ekmukterizō

Phonetic: ek-mook-ter-id’-zo

Thayer Definition: to deride by turning up the nose, to sneer at, to scoff at

Origin: from G1537 and G3456

G3456

Original: μυκτηρίζω

Transliteration: muktērizō

Phonetic: mook-tay-rid’-zo

Thayer Definition: to turn up the nose or sneer at, to mock, deride

Origin: from a derivative of the base of G3455(meaning snout, as that whence lowing proceeds)

G3455

Original: μυκάομαι

Transliteration: mukaomai

Phonetic: moo-kah’-om-ahee

Thayer Definition: to low, bellow, properly of horned cattle, to roar, of a lion

Origin: “from a presumed derivative of muzo ( to “moo”)”

Interestingly enough it comes from ‘mukaomai’ – “to low, bellow, properly of horned cattle, to roar, of a lion”. We have two references to horned cattle (bulls) and lions when looking back at this prophetic Psalm that is talking about Jesus. The rulers derided Him like strong bulls of Bashan and were ravening and roaring lions. And when I looked at this Greek word ‘ekmukterizo’ in the Septuagint when translated from the Hebrew, it is the same word used in Psalm 22:7 as ‘scorn’. Interesting right.

H3932

Original: לעג

Transliteration: lâ‛ag

Phonetic: law-ag’

BDB Definition: to mock, deride, ridicule

So, how is this relevant for Christians today? Jesus said that we would suffer persecution because of Him and Paul adds that if we will live godly in Him, this is bound to happen. With that said….I would rather be one of the sheep surrounded by the bulls and lions, than be one of the roaring lions and bulls ‘mooing’ (deriding and mocking) one of the sheep!

Matthew 5:11

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

2 Timothy 3:11-12

Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

I’m far from a scholar but it goes to show you, that if you do enough digging, your bound to pull out a few nuggets. There is no doubt about it that Luke 23:35-36 was specifically talking about Psalm 22, verses 7-8 and 12-13.

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  1. Jesus Christ 4 times acknowledged the negroes as evil “DOGS.” Jesus said “Give not that which is Holy (The Scriptures) unto these “DOGS,” (negroes) neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, they will misuse the pearls, (Holy Scriptures) then turn around and attack you,” (Matthew 7:6). Is it criminal to Christianize the swine? Of course, it’s an “animal.” Jesus cursed the swine (negroes) with demons. You can’t separate redemption, salvation, and eternal life with Jesus Christ in Heaven from one “animal” to the next for both are “animals.” Jesus answered, “It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs. Matthew 15:26

    Redemption, salvation, and eternal life with Jesus Christ in Heaven are not for “animals.” Then it is criminal to Christianize the negro for the Bible says negroes “HAVE NOT” the “Holy Spirit,” having not a “living soul,” and being they are called “animals and beasts.” (Philippians 3:2). Paul says, “Beware of the evil “DOGS,” beware of the “EVIL WORKERS.” Paul and those to whom he wrote knew that these “DOGS” were the two footed kind that attack from the shadows. And He was saying to her, “Let the children (His chosen people-the new Adamic [Caucasian Hebrew Israelite Greek] race be satisfied first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the (negroes) “dogs.” (Luke 16:21).

    “Bull” is a synonym for a “beast of the field” negro. “Many “bulls” (negroes) surround me; strong bulls (Amorites-Nephilim giants-Rephaites-negroes-as in king Og) of Bashan encircle me, “DOGS,” a pack of villains, a gang of evildoers, men not [men] with the fierceness and fury of bulls, (bulls-negroes), they pierce my hands and my feet, (Psalms 22:16) (Amplified). It was the seed of the serpent, the negroes, the descendants of Cain, (Moses 7:22) that executed the scourging, and the crucifixion of “our Lord Jesus Christ,” not white skinned Jews.

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